Today is the deadline set by the Louisiana High School
Athletic Association for a new round of bids from municipal arenas vying to
host the boys Top 28 basketball tournament. Barring any 11th hour
bids, Lafayette’s Cajundome will be one of two potential host sites, along with
Shreveport’s CenturyTel Arena. A story in yesterday’s Advocate, which
repeatedly misidentifies Cajundome Director Greg Davis as Greg Brown, confirmed
that other major arenas around the state did not plan to bid on the tournament.
The Cajundome has hosted the event for the past 12
years and originally presented the lone bid for the tournament.
However, last month the LHSAA’s executive committee rejected that offer, based on its
$55,000 facility fee, and chose to re-open the tournament for a new round of
bidding. In doing so, the committee allowed Shreveport’s CenturyTel Arena an
opportunity to submit a bid that it had submitted past deadline.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.